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Career Cafe

In a relaxed atmosphere, with a cup of coffee or tea, young specialists will be given the opportunity to meet internationally renowned experts in the field.

Information on the EuroPrevent 2018 Career Cafe will be published here in due course.

What is the EuroPrevent Career Cafe?

A platform, during the EuroPrevent congress, where the younger generation is given the opportunity to meet experts in their field in face to face intimate interviews. In the format of a “speed dating” we will organise meetings between mentors, who will be selected in advance, and applicants, who will be required to register online.

Applicants are invited to choose the mentors / Key Opinion Leaders they prefer to talk to according to their specialty but also according to what they are looking to achieve in their career. The selected applicants will be given three interviews of 15 minutes each.

Meet the 2017 Mentors

Prof. Ana Abreu (Lisbon, PT)


Ana Abreu is Cardiologist Coordinator of the CR Program and of the Exercise Testing Laboratory of Cardiology Department, Hospital Santa Marta.

Areas of main interest: Exercise in Heart failure and CRT, High intensity exercise training, Autonomic nervous system imaging and Left ventricular function. Other areas of interest are noninvasive Imaging in Cardiology, echocardiography in Hospital Santa Marta and nuclear cardiology in the Nuclear Medicine Department, NuclearMed, Hospital Particular de Almada.

She is Chair-Elect-of the EACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Section, Member of the EACPR Prevention Implementation Committee and Deputy Member of the European Cardiology Congress Programme Committee. She is the Coordinator of the WG of Exercise Physiopathology and Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology. She is also author and co-editor of the contents of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Manual of the Portuguese
Society of Cardiology and of the joint Cardiac Rehabilitation book of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology and Brazilian Society of Cardiology.

Her main research area is on cardiac rehabilitation, especially in heart failure and CRT patients.

She published 58 articles in Pubmed.

She is involved in the clinical trials EXTRA-HF survey and BETTER-HF (unpublished). She is also a member of the Steering Committee of Contract for Life and Euroaspire V.

Prof. Diederick Grobbee (Utrecht, NL)

grobbee_diederick e-2015.jpgProfessor of Clinical Epidemiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Chief Scientific Officer, Julius Clinical, Utrecht and Zeist, the Netherlands.
Rick Grobbee, is founder of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht (1996) and of Julius Clinical (2008), a full service Academic Clinical Research Organization. He has been a (principal) investigator in many large-scale epidemiologic studies and randomized intervention trials relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular, cardiometabolic, and cardiorenal disease. In addition he works on the principles and methods of treatment research, trial design and data analysis. He is listed in the top 100 global most influential biomedical researchers (Eur J Clin Invest 2013 Dec;43(12):1339-65). Rick Grobbee has been on the editorial boards of several journals and (inter) national scientific, search, and site-visit committees. Current journal roles include senior consulting editor of the European Heart Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. He is president of the European Association for Preventive Cardiology. In 2010 he was appointed distinguished University Professor of International Health Sciences and Global Health at Utrecht University. Rick Grobbee is fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. To date, Prof. Grobbee has authored or co-authored over 1,200 scientific papers, chapters, and books, and has supervised more than 130 PhD fellows. His Hirsch index is 130.

Prof. Marco Guazzi (Milan, IT)

guazzi_marco-2015.jpgMarco Guazzi is a Professor of Cardiology at the University of Milano and Head of the University Department of Cardiology at IRCCS San Donato University Hospital, Milan. His research primarily focuses on the pathophysiological and prognostic insights of heart failure syndrome and Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension. He has established several clinical research programmes involving HF functional evaluation, therapy and pulmonary vascular disease. Between 2005 and 2007 he served as Chair of the Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Working Group of the Italian Society of Cardiology. Currently, he is appointed to the Board of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology. He is Chair of the 2016 released ESC/AHA Guidelines on Cardiopulmonary exercise Testing and reviewer of ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure 2016. Prof. Guazzi serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure, and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. He is the author or co-author of over 500 manuscripts.

Prof. Arno Hoes (Utrecht, NL)

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Arno W. Hoes obtained his PhD degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam on a thesis about sudden cardiac death as a side effect of diuretics in hypertension. He was trained in Clinical Epidemiology at Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In 1998 he was appointed professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Since 2010, he is the Chair of the Julius Center.

His research topics include the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the early diagnosis, of cardiovascular disease. He co-chaired the current Cardiovascular prevention guidelines and is involved in many other ESC activities, including Board memberships of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and the Heart Failure Association. He has (co-)authored over 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 PhD students completed their PhD thesis under his supervision.

Assoc. Prof. Uwe Nixdorff (Düsseldorf, DE)


Uwe Nixdorff is a Professor of Internal Medicine / Cardiology lecturing at Erlangen University Clinic, Germany. Actually, he is running a prevention center at Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg (European Prevention Center). Primarily, his interest and research activity focused on cardiovascular imaging / non-invasive cardiology, unless recently, when he transferred this interest into the scenery of preventive cardiology. He has worked out a kind of algorithm unifying cardiovascular risk stratification and detecting / measuring preclinical atherosclerosis. Thus, he has written the imaging chapter of the ESC Textbook of Preventive Cardiology. Since ½ year he has been voted into the Executive Board of the EAPC as Secretary.

Prof. Antonio Pelliccia (Rome, IT)


Biography coming soon.

Prof. Monique Verschuren (Bilthoven, NL)

verschuren_monique-2015.jpgMonique Verschuren studied Human Nutrition at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, specializing in epidemiology and public health. She works at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands, as head of the Department of Chronic Diseases  Determinants. She has been involved in longitudinal population based cohort studies since 1987, and is principal investigator of the Doetinchem Cohort Study and the MORGEN-EPIC Study (the RIVM contribution to the European EPIC Study on Nutrition and Cancer). The main focus of her research is on lifestyle (including nutrition) and metabolic risk factors in relation to primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, postponing cognitive decline and promoting healthy ageing in general. She has over 200 international peer reviewed publications (h-index=40). She also holds a Chair in ‘Healthy Vascular Ageing’ at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, where she contributes to supervising PhD students and to courses in epidemiology and public health. She currently is the Chair of the EAPC section on ‘Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science’.